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Car hire
Updated on 07 June 2017

The road network throughout the UAE is expanding daily, and hiring a car is a great way to get out and see the Emirates. Most rental companies will deliver vehicles to and collect from your hotel or apartment, and depending on your budget, you could be driving anything from economy models to top of the range sports cars. All vehicles are left-hand drive and most (if not all) are automatic. Watch out for speed cameras, or you could be hit with a big fine when you return the car. Petrol prices vary slight each month but they are roughly at Dhs 1.96 per litre for unleaded 98 gasoline, Dhs 1.85 per litre for unleaded 95 gasoline and Dhs 1.78 per litre for unleaded 91 gasoline. Diesel costs Dhs 1.90 a litre. 

In theory anyone over the age of 18 with a valid driver's licence can drive, but in practice most reputable car hire companies will not rent vehicles to those under the age of 23, with some companies even going up to 25 years.

Driving licence requirements:
1. Drivers are required to produce their original passports as a form of identification.
2. All national (home country) licences must be held for a minimum of one year.
3. Tourists are required to have a valid international driver's licence issued in their country of origin.

*Note: most car hire companies will ask for a security deposit against damages to the vehicle and unpaid toll and traffic fines.

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